Survivor: Blood vs. Water - Episode 1

Blood is Thicker than Anything

By Ben Willoughby

September 19, 2013

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Vytas talks about how whoever they send home, they will be stabbing someone on the other tribe in the heart. When asked, Caleb says that Ciera was helpful on the puzzle, but Katie not so much. He doesn’t want to see Katie go, but if the majority is in he is in.

Vytas says that the men haven’t been subtle about their alliance, and he decides to let the women know what “the guys have decided.” He tells Marissa that it’s Katie and Katie that it’s Marissa. We don’t see any scrambling by Katie or Marissa, or even a thought that the vote for Rupert’s Laura doesn’t look like such a smart move now.

Tribal Council this season has a ruined Chinese temple motif. Probst introduces everyone to the ritual of Tribal Council where fire represents life. Hayden reveals that his tribe doesn’t have fire and Probst confirms that they were lying. “Bluffing,” is how Hayden describes it, which, fair enough.

Ciera says that Laura? told her stories about her alleged time on Survivor, but the actual experience is much more intense. For instance, Ciera is hungry for real, instead of just hearing about it. And Brad is three days in and clearly struggling already, says Probst.

Probst asks Caleb how having loved ones on the other tribe changes the game. Caleb says that it complicates it, because Colton doesn’t know what’s going on over here and he doesn’t know what’s going on over there. He says he trusts that Colton will do the right thing, but at the same time “they gotta do their thing, we gotta do our thing”.

Probst asks John if he has any regrets about not manning up and leaving the woman who had played this game twice before on Redemption Island. John starts to cry because he has so much guilt as a husband and he feels that he let her down. These men are so melodramatic. What’s John going to be like if he and Candice have a baby? Dehydrated, is my bet. Anyway, his vote is based on keeping the tribe strong and voting for someone Candice can beat.


Probst asks Brad where he sees the blood versus water game going. Brad ignores the question completely and says that he doesn’t know why Galang were celebrating so much and calls out Gervase. Marissa says that she expected the veteran returnees would be more mature and wiser, and Vytas talks about how it might work against you if your loved one behaves badly.

Marissa is now very concerned that she is “guilty by association.” Probst twists the knife. “That would be devastating, to be voted out of this game for something you didn’t do, but your uncle did.” Understandably, Marissa would prefer to be judged by her performance, not Gervase’s.

Katie says that the first leg of the challenge went well, but the puzzle-makers stuffed it up. Probst asks if it is fair to vote anyone off for one bad performance, but Katie wouldn’t be surprised by this. Brad confirms that the vote is not being made solely on the puzzlemakers’ performance. Uncles are a factor too! Time to vote!

We see Katie vote for Marissa and Marissa vote for Katie, but when Probst “tallies” the votes it is Katie, Marissa, Marissa, Marissa, Marissa, Marissa, time to go. Marissa throws some shade at her tribe as her torch is snuffed. Everyone avoids eye contact. Probst tosses the remaining Tadhanas a flint as Rachel just looks happy to have escaped everyone’s notice.

Next time on Survivor, Colton’s reformed personality has lasted a whopping three days as he says “I am so sick of this, I can’t deal with three more days of kumbaya.” Poor Colton! Being on a tribe where everyone including you is accepted must be terrible! “Hopefully this camp will erupt into chaos.” If Colton gets this bad when he’s hungry, no wonder Caleb takes his self-described role as “provider” so seriously. And we have our first duel at Redemption Island, which we all hope does not involve reef-fishing. Welcome to Redemption Island, Marissa!

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